Mark Whittaker, CNN's Managing Editor:
Let’s start with a big round of applause for Candy Crowley for a superb job under the most difficult circumstances imaginable. She and her team had to select and sequence questions in a matter of hours, and then she had to deal with the tricky format, the nervous questioners, the aggressive debaters, all while shutting out the pre-debate attempts to spin and intimidate her. She pulled it off masterfully.
More at Powerline.
It says a great deal about the MSM that CNN is backing Crowley for her bizarre intervention in the debate.
Bryan Preston reminds us of the key fact:
More than a Week After Benghazi, WH Spox Jay Carney Admitted that Administration Had Not Called It a Terrorist Attack
Crowley is relying on a Clintonian parsing of the record to defend Obama.
Jeffrey Lord asks a good question:
Did she at any point say to some Obama staffer something along the lines of "Oh by the way, I have the transcript of the Rose Garden statement on Benghazi with me for the debate"?
She hasn't said.
But suffice to say, there are a lot of people raising the question of behind-the-scenes coordination -- all stemming from Obama's instruction (and it certainly sounded like an instruction) to "Get the transcript." Followed instantly by Crowley complying -- and silencing Romney on the topic.
My fearless prediction: Howard Kurtz will defend Crowley to the hilt on Sunday's "Reliable Sources"
UPDATE: As predicted, Kurtz did what a good lap dog does.
Although i do wonder if using Dan Rather to vouch for Crowley was really a good idea.